China has begun operating the world’s second-largest hydropower station. The dam is being hailed as a milestone towards Beijing’s carbon neutrality goals, despite warnings of environmental damage.
The Baihetan Hydropower Station dam in southwest China is 289-metres high. It is the second in the world only to Three Gorges Dam in terms of power generation.
Though it has only begun partial operation now. This hydropower dam was built with a total installed capacity of 16,000 megawatts. This means that it will eventually be able to generate enough electricity each day once to meet the power needs of 500,000 people for an entire year.
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This dam spans a deep, narrow gorge on the upper section of the Yangtze, China’s longest river.
As per Chinese President Xi Jinping he hoped that the plant would be able to make greater contributions toward achieving the goals of carbon peaking and carbon neutrality in a congratulatory message published by the government.
The Baihetan dam’s trial run also coincides with celebrations of the Communist Party’s centenary this week. Environmental groups have been warning that this dam-building disrupts the habitats of rare plants and animals.
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